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Today's News

  • Vandals come up short at Carlyle

    CARLYLE —  As Saturday night's game with Carlyle played out, two key factors emerged.
    The host Indians dominated the boards, getting second and third chances again and again with offensive rebounds while holding the visiting Vandals to one and done on the other end.
    And as simple as it sounds, the Vandals just couldn't get enough shots to fall.
    The result of both of those factors was another loss for the Vandals. Carlyle knocked off Vandalia, 66-48, on Saturday night.

  • Vandals split wrestling duals at Shelbyville

    SHELBYVILLE — Two early-season tests.
    That's one way to look at last Wednesday's wrestling duals at Shelbyville High School.
    And for the Vandalia Vandals, the results were mixed.
    Shelbyville defeated Vandalia, 39-24.
    But the Vandals ended the night on a positive note by beating Taylorville, 52-19.
    The dual with Shelbyville was the most intense one of the night, and the hosts were able to secure some close wins to knock off the Vandals.

  • Area girls roundup: BSE girls finish strong, top South Central

    FARINA — A strong second quarter gave the Brownstown/St. Elmo Lady Bombers the lead. A solid fourth quarter secured a win.
    Brownstown/St. Elmo earned a 41-28 girls basketball victory over South Central last Thursday night.
    South Central held an 8-6 lead after one period of play, but Brownstown/St. Elmo went on an 11-3 run in the second quarter to take a 17-11 lead into intermission.
    The third period was nearly even, and BSE was clinging to a seven-point lead entering the fourth quarter.

  • Lady Rams run past Hornets

    RAMSEY — The Ramsey Lady Rams converted steals into layups again and again in the second half to secure a 37-25 win over Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City on Monday night.
    Several easy buckets late in the game turned a close one into a double-digit victory for the hosts, who were playing for the first time in two weeks.
    With active hands and quick guards, Ramsey was able to pressure the visiting Hornets into several turnovers in the second half. Many of those Cowden-Herrick turnovers led directly to layups.

  • Lady Vandals heading to Mattoon Tournament

    The Vandalia Lady Vandals will be among the teams competing at the 36th Annual Mattoon Girls Basketball Christmas Tournament.
    The tourney is scheduled for Dec. 26, 27 and 29.
    Galesburg is the defending champion. The tourney schedule is below.

    Mattoon Christmas Tournament
    Dec. 26 games
    Olney vs. Sullivan, 8:30 a.m.
    Salem vs. Galesburg, 10 a.m.
    Mattoon vs. Effingham St. Anthony, 11:30 a.m.
    Vandalia vs. MacArthur, 1 p.m.
    Galesburg vs. Olney, 3 p.m.
    Sullivan vs. Salem, 4:30 p.m.

  • Lady Vandals fall to Hillsboro

    Facing a 13-point deficit, the Vandalia Lady Vandals didn't quit.
    They rallied instead.
    But in the end, a solid comeback was not enough, as Hillsboro held on for a 54-45 win over Vandalia on Thursday night in South Central Conference action.
    Utilizing a solid inside-outside game, the Hiltoppers had a 13-point lead in the first half. But the host Vandals showed some tenacity, fought back and cut the deficit to one.

  • Judge rules in Mabrys' favor; city won't appeal

    In ruling that a Vandalia ordinance governing a 1988 boat dock agreement is unconstitutional, a judge has ruled that that city law cannot prohibit Steve and Latisha Mabry from operating a restaurant on Vandalia Lake.

    Judge Michael McHaney granted a motion by the Mabrys' attorney, David Cates of Swansea, to declare that ordinance unconstitutional.

  • Vandalia girls fall to Hillsboro

    Hillsboro defeated Vandalia, 54-45, in girls basketball action on Thursday night.

    Makayla Tinker scored 17 points to lead the way for the Lady Vandals. Madelyn Hosick added 11 points, while Emma Meyer scored nine.

    The Lady Vandals fell to 5-4 on the season. The Hilltoppers improved to 7-2.

    See the print edition for more.

  • Vandalia voting no on football proposal

    Will the landscape of high school football in Illinois change?
    Vandalia Coach John Stout hopes not. And he's not alone.
    A proposal that would drastically overhaul how regular-season football games are scheduled in the state will be voted on by Illinois High School Association member schools this month.
    And many coaches like Stout are opposed to the proposal.
    "We're not in favor of it," Stout said. "We're voting no."

  • Ameren Donation Kicks Off Y's Strong Kids

    A $2,000 donation from Ameren helped the Family YMCA of Fayette County kick off its Strong Kids Campaign, which raises funds for the Y's scholarship program.